Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jan Ingenhousz, 14 November 1778

From Jan Ingenhousz

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London Nov. 14th. 1778

Dear Sir

As I was not able to finish as soon as I expected the book I intend to publish,8 I find my self obliged to spend the winter in this capital, where I enjoye far more satisfaction and happiness then I can ever enjoye in the place, where I am destined to reside.

Tho I have not had the pleasure of hearing directely from you, I had now and then the satisfaction of hearing by some travellers, that you was happy and well. Your old friend,9 now enjoys a good state of health, beggs to be remembred to you. I saw him this very day.

If you or your Nephew should judge, that the present circumstances of public affaires would rendre for the future the trade, carryed on for my brother, too precarious, it would perhaps be more prudent not to risk too much money, unless properly secured. But of this you will be a better judge upon the spot. Be this recommended to your and your Nephews judgement and kindness.1

I am with due respect dear sir your most obedient humble servant

J. Ingen Housz

Addressed: Mr Tourton2 / a Monsieur / Monsieur Le Docteur francklin / a Passi

Notation: Ingenhouz. Londres 14 9bre. 1778.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8A work on smallpox and inoculation which he described in his last letter to BF: XXVII, 504.

9Sir John Pringle.

1The money had already been invested; see XXV, 85n.

2Fleury Tourton, a Parisian banker whom Ingenhousz used to forward mail: XXVII, 506.

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